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Dogs Name: Jewel & Jax
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I've found that alot of dogs (not all) that are on kibble tend to inhale their food and have never learned how to chew. So if you were to give them a chicken leg quarter, lets say, they want to swallow the whole darned thing as fast as they can. My solution to this was to buy a rack of "Beef Ribs", (usually not expensive) cut it into single ribs, put into a zip-lock bag then freeze til I'm ready to hand it to them. The beef rib bones have just enough meat on them to keep them interested and are big enough so that they have to chew them and not swallow whole and are quite hard so they can't just break off a hunk. After about a week, my oldest Jewel, slowed down and started chewing her food. Then I offered her a chicken leg quarter and watched her. She started chewing instead of trying to inhale. I could hear the bones crushing as she ate.
I have had zero problems with raw meat and bones, RAW. I never give them bones that have been cooked, not even thawed in the microwave. The cooked bones tend to splinter but the raw bones want to crush. Jewel has been on raw for about a year now and Jax has always been on raw. A dog is designed by nature to eat raw flesh and bone.
As far as vegetables go, I don't even bother. Their digestive tract, unlike ours, is short and there's just no time to digest vegetable matter and get anything out of it. So what you put in in the morning you'll more than likely to get it back that night.
To address the "dangers" involved with eating bones (chicken, beef, turkey, pork, fish). My vet has seen more dogs that have choked to death on kibble than have had problems with bones. Granted, more dogs eat kibble than raw diets but either way anything could happen. If not a bone or kibble, could be a piece of plastic from that cutsie doggy toy you bought at Petsmart.
With my dogs, I have never seen them so vibrant, shiny and healthy. Not saying raw is for everyone (humans) but I believe it's the best you could do for your animal.